Your future starts now!
NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Close your eyes. Picture your future. Imagine success.
Northern Virginia Community College can take you
anywhere you want to go, including places you’ve
At a Glance
never dreamed of. NOVA is a learning experience that
is as unique as your goals, whether you’re interested
in becoming a doctor, an auto mechanic, a research Frequently Asked Questions
scientist or a chef! Take a look at what we offer! Other Learning Opportunities
“ I grew up in Tunisia, but my father,
a graduate of MIT, wanted me to
go to college in America. NOVA
is great—the teachers are friendly
and really interested in seeing me
succeed. Once I’m finished with
the basics, I plan to transfer to
Texas A&M . . . I know I’ll miss the
intimate campus setting here!”
at a Glance
Who we are
NOVA opened for classes in 1965 and is now the largest institution of higher
education in Virginia and one of the largest community colleges in the nation.
With six campuses and online courses, we prepare students for success—both
in the classroom and in the job market. We are the smart beginning to
Who we teach
More than 60,000 students enroll each year in our credit classes and many of You’ll find a counseling center on
them transfer to four-year institutions. Our students are diverse, representing every campus, where counselors
some 150 nations. The median age of NOVA students is 24; the ratio of females can help you make good decisions
to males is about 54% to 46%. about occupational, educational
and personal goals.
“Our students work hard, but
their efforts are well rewarded.
NOVA is a perfect place to bring
your dreams and ambitions—we
give you room to develop and
pursue your goals. It’s a great
place to find out who you are.”
Dr. John Min
Professor of Economics
“ Working in a veterinary clinic means
I have practical skills. My classes at
NOVA are teaching me the science
What we teach behind my job.”
NOVA’s programs of study—leading to a career studies certificate, certification
or an associate’s degree—meet the needs of the ever-changing job market and
Veterinary Technology Student
easily transfer to four-year colleges or universities. From general studies and
liberal arts classes to information technology and healthcare, we can put you
on the right track to reaching your personal goals. Check with a counselor
about designing your own program of study if you don’t see exactly what
you’re looking for!
Who will teach you
The learning experience you get at NOVA is first class. Our faculty members
have advanced degrees and real-life experience—a combination that can’t be
beat when it comes to preparing students for success. Our small class sizes
(average number of students: 23) mean that you’ll get lots of one-on-one time
with teachers, who provide support both inside and outside of the classroom.
Their commitment to delivering a quality education will ensure you get the
help you need to succeed.
“At NOVA, it’s easy to stay
involved in your community
and the professors know you
have a life outside of college.
example, I can get my
assignments ahead of time
if I’m going to be traveling
with the Lady Raiders.”
2nd year NOVA Student
NOVA’s campuses are full of activities! The clubs, athletics, exhibits, author
talks, fine arts performances, presentations, seasonal and cultural celebrations
and honors and service groups offer something for everyone. If none of the
more than 50 organizations matches your interests, start your own with the
help of the student activities office! As for atmosphere, there are cyber-cafes
with TVs, games and Internet access, scenic lakes to walk around or lounge
At NOVA, we know college is about
by, tall shade trees for quiet reflection, wide expanses of sunny lawn on which
more than coursework—it’s about
to catch some rays and cozy nooks and crannies—indoors and out—for tranquil
study or small workgroups.
Where we are 3001 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311-5097
6901 Sudley Road
Manassas, VA 20109-2399
Medical Education Campus
6699 Springfield Center Drive
Springfield, VA 22150-1913
15200 Neabsco Mills Road
Woodbridge, VA 22191-4099
Extended Learning Institute
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003-3796
Annandale Campus Loudoun Campus (In-person address)
8333 Little River Turnpike 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway 8000 Forbes Place
Annandale, VA 22003-3796 Sterling, VA 20164-8699 Springfield, VA 22151-2294
703-323-3000 703-450-2500 703-323-3368
TTY/TDD 703-323-3744 TTY/TDD 703-404-7374 TTY/TDD 703-323-3717
“ The diversity at NOVA makes
it really interesting! There are
lots of international clubs—it
was fun attending a school
with so many talented and
remarkable students from so
many different backgrounds.”
Can I take classes at NOVA?
Yes, if you have a high school diploma or equivalent or are at least 18 years old.
I’m not sure college is for me—can NOVA help me decide?
Yes, at NOVA you can experience college without making a major financial
commitment. Aim for an associate’s degree so that you’re prepared to move on.
What if I’m clueless about what to study?
Most people start college without a clear idea of a career direction. At NOVA, you Can I attend NOVA before I
can explore different subject areas before committing to a program and without graduate from high school?
spending big bucks. Yes, if you are at least 16 years of age
and in high school, you may dual enroll.
You’ll need written permission from
My SAT numbers aren’t so good. Does that matter?
both your high school principal and
No, SAT or ACT scores are required only if you wish to take honors courses.
parents (or guardian).
Will NOVA help me with transferring?
Yes, every campus has a transfer center with catalogues, viewbooks and applications
from four-year colleges and universities. You can use one of our computers to surf
the Web sites of the schools you’re interested in. Also, our counselors are a great
resource for transfer advice!
I am home-schooled. Can I attend NOVA?
Yes, under the same rules and regulations as dual-enrolled students.
Ten reasons to attend NOVA
How much is NOVA going to cost me?
1. Great teachers
NOVA’s very affordable. (In-state students can save up to 82 percent over the average
2. Dozens of transfer agreements
cost for one year at Virginia’s public four-year colleges!) Current tuition rates can be
3. We’re affordable
found in our print or online version of the class schedule at www.nvcc.edu. To make
4. Financial aid packages balancing the budget even easier, we offer an interest-free tuition payment plan.
5. Free counseling and tutoring Plus, qualified military dependents get in-state tuition rates.
6. Six convenient campuses
What about scholarships?
7. Student clubs and activities
Students can apply for hundreds of NOVA scholarships.
8. Online classes
9. Dual enrollment
Does NOVA offer financial aid?
10. Weekend studies program Yes! Our financial aid officers can help you identify which federal, state or local financial
aid package you may be eligible to receive. On average, NOVA distributes more than
$14 million in financial aid a year!
How much paperwork is involved in enrolling?
The good news: no admission essay is needed! High school or college transcripts
are required so that advisors can make sure you are on the right track.
Is ‘weekend college’ for real?
Yes, NOVA offers a flexible way to earn a liberal arts or business administration
degree with courses scheduled on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. These
accelerated classes vary in length from four to 16 weekends and cost the same
as those taught on weekdays.
Can I earn a career-oriented degree?
Yes, we have associate’s degrees in many different fields, including computer
repair, legal assisting, air conditioning and refrigeration, automotive, construction
and health information technologies. Another option is a certificate or career
studies certificate in areas such as food service management, infant and toddler
care, music recording technology and massage therapy. Many of these career Getting into NOVA is easy: just fill out
fields are hot, leading to instant job offers. an application for admission and a
registration form—both can be done
Does NOVA offer career advice? online, by mail or on campus!
Yes, there’s a career center on every campus. You’ll find computer programs
that will match your skills to a career, as well as a library of information about
different job fields. You can participate in mock interviews, attend workshops on
résumé writing, dressing for success and negotiating salary, or sit down with a
counselor for one-on-one advice.
“ When I came to America just three
years ago, I wasn’t sure I was ready
for a four-year college, so I enrolled
at NOVA and it’s been great! The
environment is very comfortable
and I have been most impressed
with the instructors. They really
care about the students and work
hard to help us succeed.”
International Relations Student
From a distance
Enroll in NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute and pick from various certifications
or go after a degree in accounting, business administration, management,
information systems technology or liberal arts, just to name a few. For more
information, visit www.eli.nvcc.edu or call 703-323-3368.
Convenience and flexibility with hybrid courses
Hybrid courses offer the best of both worlds by combining traditional classroom
instruction with distance learning options. The amount of coursework completed
Through ELI, you can study using the
online varies from 30% to 70%, with the rest done in a classroom. Dozens of
Internet, audio and video streaming,
hybrid classes are offered in such subjects as English, ESL, math, psychology, voice and e-mail and computer
speech and drama, information systems technology and business. conferencing.
If your busy Monday through Friday schedule doesn’t allow time for classes,
NOVA’s weekend studies program is perfect! Classes are offered on Friday
nights, Saturdays and Sundays. You can earn a liberal arts or business
administration degree in just three years.
Continuing Education and Workforce Development
Each campus boasts a Continuing Education and Workforce Development office
specializing in career enhancement, certification and licensing, as well as personal
enrichment courses. Working closely with local businesses, NOVA provides
custom-designed programs, which can be taught on campus or on-site, and
which offer practical solutions to the many challenges facing organizations in
today’s competitive economic climate.
Northern Virginia Community College’s mission is to respond to the educational
needs of its dynamic and diverse constituencies through an array of comprehensive
programs and services that facilitate learning and workforce development in an
environment of open access and through lifelong educational opportunities. Veterans and Active Duty Military
As a Servicemembers Opportunity
college, NOVA is committed to
providing flexible academic
NOVA is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of
residency and to crediting learning
Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees as well as certificates in selected
from appropriate military training
occupational areas. Curricula of the College are approved by the NVCC Board
and by the State Board. The two-year, associate degree programs are also approved
by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
Want to Know More?
Let NOVA provide you with a great learning experience! Visit our Web site at
www.nvcc.edu. Contact our Call Center at 703-323-3000. Drop by any campus
where admissions counselors are available to answer your questions. Check us
out today and see how we can be a part of your future success!